I have a confession. I’ve been trying to find new ways to add more bone broth to my diet because I don’t really like bone broth. I like the benefits of bone broth. But I don’t enjoy drinking it.
I’ve not ever been much of a brothy kinda girl. I don’t like broth-based soups like chicken noodle or vegetable beef. I much prefer hearty, thick, and creamy soups—like Broccoli and Cheese soup, Butternut Squash soup, and Chili.
10 Ways to Add More Bone Broth Into Your Diet
I know it’s important to consume plenty of bone broth, so I’ve had to get creative and find ways to sneak more into my diet. It’s really not hard, though. You’ll see that it’s very easy to substitute bone broth in many of your favorite, tried-and-true recipes!
Bottoms up! Of course, you can always just drink it. This is the way my husband best enjoys bone broth. Add a little salt, pepper, and other seasonings and this is a regular snack for him. This really isn’t creative though, so it doesn’t count :). Here’s some creative ways to add more bone broth to your diet:
1. Soups and stews are probably the most obvious place to sneak in bone broth. If a recipe calls for canned/boxed broth, beef or chicken base, or bullion, simply replace it with bone broth. Here’s my list of soup and stew recipes.
2. Sauté or boil your veggies in bone broth. I do this a lot. We eat a lot of steamed broccoli. I throw in a couple of cubes of bone broth (I freeze broth in ice cube trays after I make it), and steam my veggies. Your veggies will be infused with healthy bone broth.
3. If you eat pasta, rice, or qunioa you can substitute bone broth for water.
4. Mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower are another place you can use bone broth. When I was completely dairy-free, I used bone-broth in place of milk. If you’re not dairy-free, you might want to just substitute part of the milk for bone broth to give your potatoes a bit more of a creamy texture.
5. Bone broth makes amazing gravies and sauces! Reduce your bone broth (i.e. let some it evaporate), season it, and add a little bit of tapioca or arrowroot starch for a delicious grain-free gravy. Yum!
6. Refried Beans—often water is used to thin out the beans, just use bone broth instead!
7. Scrambled eggs or other egg dishes. Add a little bit of bone broth (instead of water or milk) to make nice fluffy scrambled eggs. If you’re making a quiche or frittata, substitute the liquid called for in those with bone broth.
8. Add a little bit to your homemade salad dressings or dipping sauces. Check out my list of salad dressings and sauces for inspiration.
9. Dilute a bit of your tomato-based sauces and dishes with bone broth. I do this with soups like chili that wouldn’t typically call for bone broth. You could also do this with marinara sauce as well!
10. Use it in your cream or cheese sauces (or soups). Use half bone broth and half milk or cream.
Sometimes, I Cheat when I Add More Bone Broth to My Diet…
I can’t always get the amount of bone broth in that I’d like, so sometimes I cheat. I’ve been known to add Great Lakes Gelatin or Perfect Collagen Hydrolysate (that’s basically gelatin that doesn’t gel) to smoothies, drinks, and other foods so I can get the benefits of bone broth when I don’t have it on hand or I just know I need to get more.
(I like these particular brands because I know they comes from healthy animals.)
I also buy bone broth from Kettle & Fire to have on hand for when I run out of bones to make my own.
- Remember the gelatin will “gel” like jello, so is good for things like making homemade jello or fruit snacks.
- However, the collagen hydrolysate doesn’t gel, so it’s great to add to soups and smoothies for an extra kick of protein and nutrients!
Mercedes H Barris
I give my male cat bone broth for aging joints and he has improved greatly. Any thoughts on this?
I’m not a cat expert as I haven’t ever owned one and haven’t read up much on it, but it makes sense that it would work!
Thanks! Super good info! I’m just starting to get into the whole bone broth thing.
I love bone broth and will drink it straight if I have a cold. This is a nice list. I especially like the last one. I made cheese sauce for broccoli tonight, but would never have thought of using broth instead of milk. I’ll have to try that. Thanks! Partying with you on Create and Share.
My husband loves it straight too, but I’d rather hide it 🙂
I have the opposite problem. I am constantly running out and having to make more. ha ha! One thing you don’t have (sort of) that I make a lot of is risotto and pilaf. But you have rice on there so I guess you did.
Saw this on Wonderful Wednesdays
My husband drinks a lot of it straight-up, so I do have to make it quite frequently. These are just ways I am able to sneak it into MY own diet since I don’t really care for drinking it by the mugfuls!
Very nice post, thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. pinning.
Mercedes H Barris
When i first ordered the chicken bones the butcher at Whole Foods told me when I picked them up that it makes a wonderful base for soup. I told him it was for more male cat and he was surprised to hear this. I usually buy 2#’s worth of bones and it makes enough broth to last several weeks.
I am very pleased with the results and will continue to make it for him and if my female starts to limp, she too will get some.
I never thought of this for my aging dog! As the owner of 3 dogs and a kitten (who thinks she’s a dog), I’ll share my broth. I’m just starting to venture into adding this but since having Crohn’s Disease for 20+ years, I’ve developed a love for broths since there’s many times I can’t have solid foods. Thanks to you both for the ideas! My critters will love it and I can sneak it into my kids’ food. 😁
I also didn’t enjoy drinking it straight. I’ve been searching for ideas and thank you for your ideas. Also the other’s cat posts. I am wondering what spices your husband puts in his when he is just drinking it? I’ve tried the salt and pepper and heating it up, and that wasn’t my preference.
He adds different things often garlic, thyme, parsley, and/or rosemary.
I’m in……..bones…….4 times a week bone broth…… Malta Europe here..tksx